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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Dec 15 2016

Sky shareholders are close to maximum altitude

MADRID (Reuters Breakingviews) - Sky’s shareholders can’t fly much higher. Some of the UK pay-TV group’s investors are grumbling that independent directors gave in too quickly to an opportunistic bid from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox. But the market had previously given Sky the thumbs-down, and the premium looks generous. A small sweetener is the best investors can hope for.

Dec 14 2016

Exxon's new boss will confront the end of empire

CHICAGO/MADRID (Reuters Breakingviews) - Exxon Mobil's next chief executive will confront a weakened empire in 2017. With current boss Rex Tillerson selected as Donald Trump's secretary of state, likely successor Darren Woods will take charge of the $380 billion oil giant amid still-weak prices and falling reserves.

Dec 09 2016

The Murdochs' new reach for Sky is well timed

NEW YORK/MADRID (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Murdochs are having another shot at Sky. Twenty-First Century Fox has offered to buy the 61 percent of the European pay-TV group it doesn't own. The proposal notionally values Sky at 18.5 billion pounds, though only about 11.3 billion pounds would change hands. Circumstances look a lot more auspicious than the last time Rupert Murdoch and his family tried to consolidate the business in 2010.

Oct 24 2016

Spanish government begins to make up for lost time

The country's Socialist Party will allow acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a second term, ending 10 months of political deadlock. His minority administration will now begin arduous tasks like cutting the budget deficit as the economy slows. A fractured parliament won't help.

Sep 16 2016

Tech giants don’t grow on European soil

The region hasn't produced its own answers to tech disruptors like Facebook and Alibaba. That leaves the EU open to accusations of sour grapes when foreign companies like Apple are targeted for unpaid taxes. Regulation and fragmented markets explain Europe's failure to launch.

Aug 26 2016

EU offers vitamin pill to dying media patient

Brussels wants to give media the right to seek compensation from search engines like Google that use online content. The intention is laudable - some publishers may be losing out. But the proposal has similarities with schemes in Germany and Spain - which haven’t worked.

May 31 2016

Spanish politicians leave demographic bomb ticking

While economic activity has picked up, the Spanish population is ageing faster than the EU average. Consensus and long-term planning are needed to tackle the burden this will place on the welfare system and growth prospects. The current polarisation in politics stands in the way.

May 11 2016

Brussels O2 veto cements BT’s home advantage

The EU’s anti-trust tsar has rejected CK Hutchison’s 10.3 billion pound takeover of O2, because it says it would raise mobile prices. That leaves several UK players figuring out next steps. In an industry moving towards packages of mobile, landline, broadband and TV, the winner is the beefed-up BT.

Feb 16 2016

Vodafone and Liberty get square peg in round hole

A Dutch venture between the UK mobile giant and John Malone’s cable group looks almost too neat. Valuations match perfectly, management will be shared. Vodafone probably sacrificed a bit of value, but with 3.5 bln euros in synergies, it works for both.

Feb 05 2016

Spain at risk of a lost year

The country’s political parties still haven’t formed a government seven weeks after an inconclusive election. In the short term, it’s unlikely to have a big impact on the economy. But a prolonged stalemate could hurt confidence and sap momentum, as well as deter corporate deals.

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